There were two rain delays at an NBA game Saturday night, a curious occurrence followed by another strange turn of events: The Houston Rockets built a 25-point lead, lost all of it and then some, then rallied from five down late in the fourth quarter for a 114-107 win over the Washington Wizards.
Long after the stoppages of 35 and 22 minutes because of a leak in the roof at Verizon Center in Washington, James Harden tied the score with a driving layup with 2:33 to play, then gave Houston the lead again — this time for good — with a three-point play with 1:54 remaining. He finished with 25 points to lead the Rockets, who made only four field goals in the final period yet closed with a 17-5 run.
John Wall led Washington's comeback and finished with 23 points and 10 assists, Trevor Ariza had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Kevin Seraphin scored all of his 18 points in the second half. The Wizards lost their fourth straight at home and fell to 2-14 against teams that are currently .500 or better.
Houston center Dwight Howard, who had 23 points, did the most to entertain fans during interruptions in play. Officials stopped play nine seconds into the second quarter and again at the start of the second half. Two trash cans and an array of towels were spread at the midcourt line during the first delay to catch the apparent remnants of heavy rains.